Springfield…. House Republicans held a brief press conference Thursday morning in response to news that the Governor’s office and Illinois Nurses Association have agreed to renew negotiations on the issue of subcontracting. As a measure of good faith, the Governor’s office has rescinded the layoffs of 120 state correctional nurses as negotiations continue.

Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton), along with his Republican colleagues, supports the Governor renewing negotiations with INA.

“I am encouraged by the news that the Governor and the Illinois Nurses Association are headed back to the negotiating table," Severin said. "I think we all recognize and thank the nurses in our correctional facilities for their hard work in a difficult and sometimes dangerous environment. I hope that these negotiations result in a reasonable, permanent solution to this issue."

Rep. Severin says he appreciates the services correctional nurses provide, and says it is in both parties' best interest to come to an agreement.

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Springfield…. Today the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 40 will allow taxpayer funds to cover abortions.

After the vote, Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) expressed his disapproval with the bill both on fiscal and moral grounds.

“As a member of the House of Representatives this is a tough day, as many of my colleagues voted in favor of legislation to expand taxpayer funded access to abortion,” Rep. Severin said. “As the bill's sponsor admitted, we do not know how much this expansion is going to cost us. Aside from that, HB 40 is a blatant attack on the most vulnerable in our society. It is a shame that we are still dealing with these attacks. As a taxpayer and a Christian, I am offended that Chicago Democrats would dump the unknown cost of this disgusting practice on the taxpayers in all corners of the state.”

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Springfield…. State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) has signed on as a co-sponsor to House Bill 156. The bill will provide property tax relief to senior citizens and veterans by making changes to the Illinois Income Tax Act.

Rep. Severin cited the unusually high property taxes seen in Illinois compared to surrounding states and said the legislature needs to relieve some of this burden on the older groups.

“Illinois has some of the highest property taxes in the nation,” Severin said. “These taxes can be crippling for many people, especially senior citizens living on fixed incomes. As lawmakers this is the least we can do for our seniors and veterans."

HB 156 would increase homestead exemption for senior citizens from $5,000 to $6,000. The bill also provides that the homestead exemption will provide additional tax relief to veterans over the age of 75.